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Lovely Recordings Hosted by Joe Whip (Part 5)

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Audiostream|

I have been thinking of authoring another installment of Lovely Recordings but have not yet had the time to sit down and do so. However, there is one recent release which is so good in terms of the music, musicianship and sound quality that it deserves a mention on its own…

Download of the Week: Various Artists

By | December 8th, 2017|Categories: Audiostream|

Mono No Aware is the first compilation album from the folks at PAN and it’s a shimmering doozy. Featuring Jeff Witscher, Helm, TCF, Yves Tumor, M.E.S.H., Pan Daijing, HVAD, Kareem Lotfy, ADR, Mya Gomez, Sky H1, James K, Oli XL, Bill Kouligas, Flora Yin-Wong, Malibu, and AYYA, there’s over an hour of earthly and unearthly ambient, beautifully colored light and dark.

116+ Albums from Actress to Ziúr: Weird New Pop’s Favorite Albums of the Year

By | December 7th, 2017|Categories: Audiostream|

Usually, I find comfort in limitations and I’m pretty good at following instructions. But, when it comes to year-end lists, I’m just not myself. So, when Michael Lavorgna asked for a list of five favorite albums, I promptly came up with 75.

In Barn: The Bricasti Design Model 5 Network Player

By | December 5th, 2017|Categories: Audiostream|

The Bricasti Design Model 5 Network Player ($2400).

Monthly Spins: December 2017

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Audiostream|

And I thought the big news this month was just going to be the release of some fine music and then the ECM going all in on digital downloads info dropped on November 17th. I don’t even know where to begin to open that extraordinary can of worms so I’ll just stick with what we’ve put together for December and leave the elephant to stumble around the room. I don’t mean to be coy or ambiguous because it’s a good and great thing that this immense catalog of music will be available in HIFI versions.
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Download of the Week: Marvin Pontiac

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Audiostream|

More or less, we all live in fantasyland. Marvin Pontiac was born there and The Asylum Tapes have sprung forth like a breath of fresh freedom.

Steve Plaskin’s Updated System

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Audiostream|

Steve has made some changes to his system. Read all about here.

Why I’m Not Going to CES

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Audiostream|

I first covered CES for AudioStream back in 2012 and wrote, “From the first minute I hit the Venetian’s crowded elevator bank to the last, I could not help feeling behind. There’s no way one person can cover everything at CES and T.H.E. Show unless their area of coverage is defined to include only those companies whose name begins and ends with an X.” Looking at the current Exhibitor list, I could cover everything at CES 2018 in an afternoon.

Charles Hansen 1956 – 2017

By | November 29th, 2017|Categories: Audiostream|

From Ayre:

With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that Charles Hansen, founder of Ayre Acoustics, has passed away on November 28th, 2017. Those who knew Charley knew that he was a passionate man who always stood up for what he believed to be right. His family knew him as a loving and dedicated father of his two children. With the passing of Charley, the world has lost one of the most creative and innovative minds in the audio industry and we have lost a good friend.

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In Barn: Prism Sound CALLIA USB Audiophile DAC and Pre-amplifier

By | November 28th, 2017|Categories: Audiostream|

Prism Sound CALLIA USB Audiophile DAC and Pre-amplifier ($2750.00)

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